The Benefits And Side Effects Of Delay Creams & Sprays

image of several delay sprays used to assess the benefitsDelay creams and sprays are an easy and immediate solution for premature ejaculation that appeal to many men.

They can be especially useful if your problem is caused by physical sensitivity rather than factors like anxiety or a lack of arousal control.

In this article you’ll find out more about the pros and cons of using a delay cream or spray, helping you work out if it’s the right option for you or not.

And if you’ve already decided you want to try one, you might like to see my recommendations of the best delay sprays and creams.

The benefits

1. An easy option which requires minimal effort

Using a delay cream is perhaps the quickest and easiest approach to dealing with premature ejaculation. All you need to do is apply it before you have sex, wait a few minutes before washing it off, and you’re good to go.

2. Use on demand

A delay cream only needs to be applied each time you have sex. So if you don’t have sex often, you don’t need to worry about continually taking something just in case. This is in stark contrast to some other treatments such as anti-depressants, which would need to be taken every day.

3. The ingredients are usually safe

The ingredients used are typically Benzocaine and Lidocaine, topical anesthetics which are generally thought to be safe for most people. Durex condoms, Promescent, Super Dragon 6000, Doc Johnson, Rock hard and Stud 100, for example, all use either of those.

Some people may have adverse reactions to a topical anesthetic cream, but it’s quite rare and most people tolerate the ingredients well.

4. Available without a prescription

Most delay creams can be bought over the counter or ordered online, without the need for a prescription. So if you’re not keen on talking to your doctor about it, this is a discreet self-help option that can avoid any potential embarrassment.

5. The numbing is usually effective

The most important question when considering a delay cream is of course whether it actually works of not. Most of them do work, and sometimes very well.

However, the numbing action is sometimes a little too strong and causes other problems, as you’ll see in the next section.

Possible issues and side effects

1. Loss of erection

One of the common side effects of delay products is too much numbing. If the cream is too strong, or you put too much on, you may end up with reduced sensation.

This can sometimes also result in difficult getting or maintaining an erection. You then have to wash off what you can, and wait for the anesthetic to wear off before trying again. Not an ideal situation in the throws of passion.

2. Loss of pleasure

Another common problem with desensitizing creams is that you effectively have a trade-off. You should last longer in bed, but you might enjoy the sensation less.

It could be argued that you have less pleasure, but have it for longer so it’s a good trade. And you also get pleasure in knowing that you’re satisfying your partner, which is of course very important.

3. Transference to your partner

Any numbing cream has the potential to cause some problems for your partner if it transfers to the, either through penetrative sex or oral.

So it’s important to follow the instructions carefully (If you bought one that doesn’t have clear instructions, take a look at my article about using delay sprays correctly).

But sometimes transference still happens for various reasons, such as getting the timing wrong or not washing it off properly. An easy way to avoid this is to use a condom, and if you have unprotected sex make sure you wash it off properly before sex.

4. Having to apply it before having sex

Depending on your personal situation, the act of applying the spray or cream can be an issue.

If you’re in a relationship, or with an understanding person, it’s probably not so much of an issue – especially if you know exactly when you’re going to have sex.

But if you’re with a new partner, or it’s spontaneous sex, it can be a bit of a passion killer to pop into the bathroom to apply it and then wait to wash it off.

My advice is to just be up front about it and make the most of that time to focus on giving your partner some amazing foreplay. Hopefully they’ll be too busy being pleasured to make you feel awkward about the cream.

5. Not a cure – the long-term cost

Desensitizing products can’t cure premature ejaculation, so if you choose to use them on an ongoing basis, you’ll have to keep buying them.

If you have the money, you might feel that it’s worth the cost. And even if you don’t have all the money in the world, the chances are you’ll still find enough for the upkeep of your sex life. But at the end of the day, the cost will add up if you have an active life between the sheets.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are good reasons for and against using a desensitizing product. The main positives are that they are easy to get, work quickly and you don’t have to put any effort into learning ejaculation control.

The main problems are that it’s not a cure and it can cause a loss of pleasure and erection strength.

My advice is that if you need something to help right now, it’s worth trying one to see if it suits you. Just make sure you follow the instructions carefully and don’t skip the part where you wash it off before sex.

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  1. After applying the spray on your dick head do you have to wash it off immediately or you have to wait for the appropriate time given to you before you’ll wash it

    and after that can your girlfriend give you a blow job

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Nathan
      You can do either really. I personally think it’s best to quickly wipe if there’s way too much and it’s not absorbing properly. Then wait and wipe or wash more thoroughly when they time has lapsed.
      Oral sex depends on the particular spray, but it’s fine for most of them as long as there is none left on the surface of the skin.
      Ethan

  2. Is it good to use the spray when having sex with my pregnant wife for longer satisfaction?

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Joe
      The general advice is not to use the spray if she is pregnant because they don’t know the safety of it. But I think it’s ok if you use a latex condom on top of the spray once you have washed after applying it.
      Ethan

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Roger
      Well, there are many different sprays, not just one. But as far I know, they don’t usually have an upper age restriction.
      Ethan

  3. Bahzad ahmed

    Can we intercourse without condoms if applied delay cream?

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Banzad
      Yes you can – just wipe properly before starting.
      Ethan

  4. If I use a dragon spray and I don’t wash my dick before sexual intercourse, would that prevent pregnancy?

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Faiza
      Nobody really knows if it will affect the pregnancy or your fertility. They say don’t use it because they still just don’t know the risks, not because they are sure it will cause any problems.
      Ethan

  5. Hi!

    If I want to use condom, where should I put the cream or spray? on the condom? or before putting the condom?

    Thanks!

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Alex
      Put it on your penis head first. Then wipe and wait. Then put the condom on as usual.
      Ethan

  6. Is eros cream suitable for anal sex? And is it safe to do a blowjob after the application

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Karl
      I haven’t tried that particular spray, so I can’t comment.
      Ethan

  7. Hello…
    My 31 years old boyfriend has been using the dragon spray very often for almost 11 years now …and lately, he’s having an erection problem.
    His erections for the past three months have been on and off, but for a week now he cant even get hard no matter what we do? Please can you help….

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Eunice
      Sorry to hear that. It’s impossible for me to say whether the spray had a role to play, or if it’s purely coincidental. I would suggest stopping using the spray for a month to see if it naturally gets better. But I’d also suggest doing good research into erectile dysfunction and trying some techniques known to help with that.
      All the best
      Ethan

  8. Invincible

    I used dragon delay spray without washing and my partner has since complained of a headache. could this feeling result from the spray?

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi
      I guess it’s possible, but very unusual. It should clear up naturally. If they are still unwell when you read this reply, they should speak to a doctor.
      Regards
      Ethan

  9. T.Bandara

    pl let me know, after applying (delay) gel (glide ), should I wash my penis, before starting intercourse

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi there
      Yes, this is the correct way to use the spray to avoid transference. A wash or a good wipe with a damp cloth.
      Ethan

  10. Hello,
    I tried stud 5000 before intercourse. And i washed it and i stared doing. However, it does not work.
    Again after 1 hour i sprayed and followed the same. But i lost my feeling. And my penis started swelling. Is there any issue with my penis? Or am i affected with any side effect? Should i consult a docter?
    Please advise. I am.scared.

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Ganesh
      Hopefully, you were fine once they effect wore off. But if it’s still an issue when you read this reply, I would speak to your doctor.
      Ethan

  11. Does Benzocaine or lidocaine react with silicone based sex toys..?

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Joie
      I don’t know to be honest! I’ve tried them together and not had a problem. But you might want to double check with the company that makes them.
      Ethan

  12. Anonymous

    Hello, my boyfriend used a delay cream with a condom but he removed the condom at one point. Since then I have been experiencing constant burning and irritation. That was two months ago. I have been to the gynaecologist and have been treated for yeast and dermatitis. I’ve been through three rounds of different treatments (tablets and creams ) but it’s not going away. Have you ever heard of this happening after being in contact with a delay cream?

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi
      Sorry to hear you’ve been through this. I haven’t heard of this happening before, no. Do you remember which spray it was, or what the ingredients were?
      I hope you improve soon.
      Ethan

  13. Are the delay gels safe on my partner when she is giving me a blowjob?

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Alex
      You need to check the specific spray’s instructions. But many are fine, as long as you wipe or wash first.
      Ethan

      1. Hello, i am a guy new to anal sex. Looking to use butt plugs and a dildo. But i heard if i use the desensitized lube, i wont know its harmful effects until later on. Because it can tear up internal lining without i noticing it. What is your suggestion ? Thx

        1. Ethan Green

          Hi Jeff
          That’s definitely a possible concern, but not what the sprays here are intended for. They are meant for the penis, not internal use. The desensitizing lube is a different product altogether. Perhaps you might be better doing slow, gentle exploration first using plenty of normal lube to minimize the risk if it’s a concern for you?
          Ethan

  14. Mohd Irshad

    there are many condoms available for delaying the ejaculation for example kohinoor extra time condom and durex perfoma. are these condoms safe for use or do they have any side effects.

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Mohd
      Well, usually they are safe. Some men will have a reaction to lidocaine or benzocaine, and they can cause erection problems as I said in the article. But on the whole, they are ok.
      Ethan

  15. Hey . Can u please tell me if i will apply the spray so does it effect on pregnancy , means getting low or no chance of pregnancy after applying the delay spray or does it creat some harmful effect on FSH, LH or PROLACTIN etc… ir any other effects witness on semen analysis.

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Talha
      Nobody really knows the potential effects if you’re trying to get pregnant, or already pregnant. So that’s why the manufacturers say don’t use the spray.
      Ethan

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Ajay
      Yes, it should do. I have experimented by having a long hot shower before. It still worked even then.
      Ethan

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Babu
      I don’t know to be honest! I haven’t seen anything written to warn about this particular situation. I know that topical anesthetics are sometimes used/tested for pain with diabetes and neuropathy. Beyond that, I don’t know if there are any risks here.
      Ethan

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Sunny
      It depends on the spray. Most last 1-3 hours on average though in my experience.
      Ethan

  16. I’m 40 and I cum very fast – even during forplay. I can’t control . Pls advise. My gf is also very upset.

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Harry
      The best advice really is to take a good look around this site, as I’ve written dozens of articles about premature ejaculation. There’s lots to know about it, so I can’t re-write it all in a comment I’m afraid. But if you read around, especially the main pages, you’ll find lots of helpful tips.
      Ethan

  17. I am 59 years old.The only problem I have is erection. I do not use creams or sprays. I want an answer to solve this problem

  18. If I keep using delaying spray for longer period of time, does it get any resistance?

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Adeep
      Good question. Not that I know of, if you mean does the effect get less.
      Ethan

  19. If using this type of spray might there any problems for men Who want to be a father? (any problems for reproduction)

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Sharath
      The general advice is not to use them if you are trying to get your partner pregnant. Doctors don’t know what the effect might be on a child if the spray is used, so to be safe they say don’t use it.
      Ethanb

    1. Ethan Green

      Yes, which is why it’s important to use the spray correctly, and wash your penis after you put it on.
      Ethan

  20. I have my medicals for my job where I have to give my urine test is it fine to apply on the day before my test ???

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi
      I don’t know of any reason why not, unless the one you use has some illegal substances. But most lidocaine and benzocaine sprays have nothing to do with cocaine, if that’s your worry.
      Ethan

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Nanox
      Yes, but personally I don’t think it’s a good idea to use them unless having sex. They are chemicals at the end of the day, so the less you use them, the better.
      Ethan

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Jim
      Same as any delay spray really – maybe a burning sensation, loss of erection etc. Check out my review of stud 100 for more about that.
      Ethan

        1. Ethan Green

          Either use less next time, or don’t put it on until you already have an erection. But if it’s a constant problem, try a different product, or maybe not at all if it’s a serious issue every time.

  21. Question if I wash my penis off with soap and water after waiting 15 from when my duration is applied, can I use a condom?

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Jon
      Yes, that should be fine, as long as it’s a latex condom in the case of most sprays.
      Ethan

  22. Please must let me know i’m very anxious, and keen to know what are the side effects for women when a man use the dragon spray for sex?

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Raja
      There shouldn’t be side effects if you wash yourself well before having sex. But to be totally sure, use a condom and don’t have oral sex. That will almost eliminate the risk of her having any numbing.
      Ethan

  23. Hi, I’m 26 now have been using dragon spray for 7 years now, I had a new girlfriend and had sex with her on my 26th birthday I used the spray and put on condom, and after the sex I loose my strength have try anything to regain it back but I can’t can you please help me out cos I’m scared now and I’m now feeling pains in my dick now.. what can I do please. Thank you

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Joel
      Sorry to hear you’ve been having this problem. If you’ve used the spray for so long, I think it’s unlikely to have caused this unless you’ve been using very regularly during all that time. I imagine there’s the possibility something else is causing it. If you still have pain in your penis when you read this comment, I suggest talking to your doctor just to be on the safe side.
      Ethan

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